Fyodor Dostoyevsky Essay

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Throughout his tenure, Fyodor Dostoyevsky frequently explored the elaborate and pressing questions of “where is Russia going? and what is to be done about Russia?” through the “[creation of] landscapes that reverberate[d] with these questions” (Stanton and Hardy). Typically writing in the capacity of a quasi-pundit, Dostoyevsky’s writings often examined and critiqued the excessively turbulent Russian society of the late nineteenth century through his portrayal of several underlying themes that proliferated during the time. Fyodor Dostoyevsky's brilliant commentary Crime and Punishment “is rich in [both the] themes that dominated the periodical press of the time” and in its rigorous assessment of the evolving roles played by several human…show more content…
The conflict of and with one’s self, as illuminated by Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, is a quintessentially human trait shared by, and known by all cultures and in all eras. Constantly afflicted by this internal struggle, Raskolnikov frequently catches himself babbling and sputtering to himself about this, that, and the other. He is so conflicted that directly after he is introduced, Raskolnikov babbles and argues to himself about doing a mysterious, and later revealed to be murderous, thing he calls ‘that’ saying “can I really do that, really? is that serious?” (1.1.2). This question consumes him, and in his obsession eventually drives him to delirium and eventually illness. “Smiling strangely” as he does when thinking about his crime, the factions of his mind preoccupy themselves as often as they can with this question as he sizes up “‘the job [he has] in mind,” (1.1.1). Fyodor Dostoyevsky paints this central struggle as one that taxes and tolls the individual, one that occupies all facets of thought and drives one to irrationality; the struggle and obsession to make the ‘right’ decision is one made by all people, one that is understood across all cultural and societal boundaries. Despite the extreme degree that it is taken to in his book, the author is able to effectively engage his audience in Raskolnikov’s self-conflicted decision process and, in doing so, establishes a basis of understanding from which any audience can relate to the story and its
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